|East Timor||CARITAS 'CONFIDENT FR BARRETO IS ALIVE'|
Spokesperson for Caritas Australia Jane Woolford confirmed today that he office is confident that the Director of Caritas East Timor Fr Francisco Barreto - previously thought to have been killed by the militia - is alive.
She said Caritas Australia has it on reasonable authority that he is in Bacau, although the communications infrastructure is such that they have not been able to establish contact with him. She added that they are uncertain about Fr Barreto's health.
Meanwhile Caritas moving today to set up operations in Dili. Jane Woolford said their effectiveness will depend upon the level of security.
The efforts of Caritas will be supported by a benefit concert to be held at the Sydney Opera House on Friday next week. It will feature Australia's internationally acclaimed pianist Roger Woodford. The event was organised by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance. It has received the backing of prominent members of the arts community.
- Caritas 1:06pm 27/9/99